On Art and Stars

The analogies between stars an works of art can profitably be pursued. However fragmentary its condition, any work of art is actually a portion of arrested happening, or an emanation of past time. Its a graph of activity now stilled, but a graph made visible like an astronomical body, by a light that originated with the activity. When an important work of art has utterly disappeared by demolition and dispersal, we still can detect its perturbations upon other bodies in the field of influence. By the same token works of art resemble gravitational fields in their clustering by “schools”. And if we admit that works of art can be arranged in a temporaral series as connected expressions, their sequens will resemble an orbit in the fewness, the regularity, and the necessity of the “motions” involved.


The Shape of Time – Georg Kubles, - Page 17: On Art and Stars